Award-winning Chinese-American author Ha Jin presents his latest work, A Good Fall, for the CLSC August 5. A Good Fall is a collection of narratives that paint a multigenerational portrait of life in Flushing, one of New York City's largest Chinese immigrant communities.
"Reading [Ha Jin] is almost like falling in love: you experience anxiety, profound self-consciousness, and an uncomfortable sensitivity to the world and somehow it's a pleasure," said The New Yorker of Jin's writing. "Like the best realist writers, Ha Jin sneaks emotional power into the plainest declarative sentences."
A member of the People's Liberation Army during the 1970s, Jin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in China before pursuing his doctorate in American literature at Brandeis University. Following the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989, Jin said he felt betrayed by his country and chose to stay in the U.S. and write exclusively in English. He described his decision in an April 2009 New York Times op-ed: "I cannot leave behind June 4, 1989, the day that set me on this solitary path. The memory of the bloodshed still rankles, and working in this language has been a struggle. But I remind myself that ... literature can transcend language. If my work is good and significant, it should be valuable to the Chinese."
Jin's previous works include A Free Life and Waiting; his 2004 novel War Trash was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a member of the English faculty at Boston University.
Ha Jin is a Chinese-American novelist, short story writer and poet. His works include the collections Between Silences, Facing Shadows and the National Book and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Waiting.